A historical account on the life of the Zulu king Shaka.
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 Elizabeth Farewell 10 episodes, 1986
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 Lord Bathurst 10 episodes, 1986
Henry Cele ...
Dudu Mkhize ...
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 George IV 10 episodes, 1986
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 Prof. Bramston 10 episodes, 1986
Kenneth Griffith ...
 Zacharias Abrahams 10 episodes, 1986
Conrad Magwaza ...
Patrick Ndlovu ...
Roland Mqwebu ...
Gugu Nxumalo ...
Tu Nokwe ...
Vuyisile Bojana ...
Bingo Mbonjeni ...
Simon Sabela ...
Sam Williams ...
Alex Heyns ...
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Geoff Albert ...
Sonke Buthelezi ...
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 Lord Kimberley 5 episodes, 1986
Khumbulani Cele ...
 Shaka (6-11) 5 episodes, 1986
Dabula Ciliza ...
Bill Curry ...
Terence Dlamini ...
Thembinkosi Dlamini ...
Glen Gabela ...
 Shaka (15-19) 5 episodes, 1986
King Beaters Gabelah ...
Winston Gama ...
 Mzilikazi 5 episodes, 1986
P.W.M. Gardner ...
 Aithison 5 episodes, 1986
Keith Grenville ...
 Shepstone 5 episodes, 1986
Zipathe Gumede ...
 Nkalakata 5 episodes, 1986
Daphney Hlomuka ...
 Queen Ntombazi 5 episodes, 1986
Eugene Hlomuka ...
 Dilikana 5 episodes, 1986
James Irwin ...
 Gen. Chelmsford 5 episodes, 1986
Ian Jali ...
Kerry Jordan ...
 Rev. Bellow 5 episodes, 1986
Benedict Khambula ...
 Witchdoctor 5 episodes, 1986
Charles Kinsman ...
Sokesimbone Kubheka ...
 Cetshwayo 5 episodes, 1986
Bruno Luthuli ...
 Pungashe 5 episodes, 1986
Khulekani Magubane ...
Victor Majavu ...
 King Makedama 5 episodes, 1986
Phillip Majola ...
 Ngwadi (9 yrs old) 5 episodes, 1986
Humphrey Makhoba ...
Obed Makubane ...
 Messenger 5 episodes, 1986
Africa Manqele ...
Sonto Mazibuko ...
Grissel Mboni ...
Peter Mgaga ...
Eric Mcanyana ...
 Godongwana 5 episodes, 1986
Dingeni Mhlongo ...
 Nomcoba (child) 5 episodes, 1986
Precious Mkhize ...
Raymond Mkhize ...
 Soshangane 5 episodes, 1986
Amos Mkhonza ...
 King Kondlo 5 episodes, 1986
Louis Mtetwa ...
 Ufasimba 5 episodes, 1986
Sally Mthembu ...
Lucky Mtshali ...
Sabelo Ndebele ...
Daniel Ndlovu ...
Isabelle Ndlovu ...
Michael Nene ...
Shadrack Ngema ...
Elliot Ngubane ...
Peter Nkwanyana ...
 Ufasimba 5 episodes, 1986
Alfred D. Nokwe ...
Emily Nompumelelo ...
Adalbero Ntsele ...
Samuel Ntsini ...
 The Nameless One 5 episodes, 1986
Horatius Ntuli ...
 Njanis Father 5 episodes, 1986
Artwell Nyembe ...
 Ufasimba Leader 5 episodes, 1986
Aletta Rabotapi ...
 Maidservant 5 episodes, 1986
Michael Richard ...
 Mordechai Abrahams 5 episodes, 1986
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 Queen Victoria 5 episodes, 1986
Hugh Rouse ...
 Worthing 5 episodes, 1986
Cynthia Shange ...
Sibusiso Shange ...
 Phakathwayo 5 episodes, 1986
David Sherwood ...
 Captain Blair 5 episodes, 1986
Yule Simone ...
 Gendeyana 5 episodes, 1986
Leonard Sithole ...
Washington Xisolo ...
Ron Smerczak ...
Sibongile Sokhulu ...
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Oliver Stole ...
Sean Taylor ...
 The Prince Of Wales 5 episodes, 1986
Reginald Tsokolibane ...
 The Lion Man 5 episodes, 1986
Sean Weir ...
Robert Whitehead ...
Ganza Zama ...
Vincent Zulu ...
 Pakatwayo 5 episodes, 1986
V.E.M. Zulu ...
 King Sodubo 5 episodes, 1986
Patrick Zungu ...
Nomsa Xaba ...
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Storyline

Framed around Queen Victoria's decision on England's political stance towards the Zulu Nation, this mini-series details King Shaka's rise and fall with mythic detail. Prophecy is mixed with recorded fact regarding Shaka's birth, exile, innovations in warfare, assumption of the throne, building of the Zulu Empire, first contact with Europe and the events that lead to his downfall. Written by Renee Ann Byrd <byrdie@wyrdbyrd.org>

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The Most Savage Warrior of All Time!


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24 November 1986 (USA)  »

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Shaka Zulú  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This Crawford Production has been rescaned from a negative print and reframed for a 16:9 presentation and aired on the WIN Network Australia. Nov. 2017 See more »

Quotes

Dr. Henry Fynn: [to Shaka] A man with Christ in his heart is stronger than all the regiments on earth.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Teri Hatcher/Dave Matthews Band (1996) See more »

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Greensleeves
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A great . . . and awful man
29 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

The Story is told based in the writings of Edward Fox's character, an adventurer named Francis George Farewell. Therefore, the more savage side of his nature is undubitably exaggerated.

To the best of our knowledge the salient points are correct, even to Henry Cele sharing the same basic build as Shaka, both of them quite imposing. There is some European romanticism tossed in, but it should be must viewing for anyone who loves history. Pooh-poohed by some critics as preposterous (as was Ghost in the Darkness, also an essentially true story), it is no more amazing than Napoleon's rise from obscurity to absolute power. They parallel in so many ways, in fact, that Shaka is oft called the "Napoleon of Africa". Though many Zulus consider Napoleon the "Shaka of Europe"

The production was fraught with controversy (it was filmed in South Africa before sanctions were lifted) but tries to convey a complex and fascinating story set in a tribal Africa steeped in mysticism with ideas about life and death that were very different from Europe. It manages to convey those ideas, and Shaka's formidible intellect, quite well. On top of that, it has as its star the perfect actor for the part.

Highly recommended and worth the time it takes to view it.


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